Mary Calvagna, MS
A blister is a fluid-filled bump on the skin.
Causes of blisters include:
Factors that increase your chance of getting blisters include:
Symptoms may include:
You can diagnose a blister by its appearance and by the activity you were doing when it appeared. Seek medical attention if the blister is unusually painful, appears infected, or occurs with a burn.
A blister will often heal without treatment. Some general tips for treatment include:
If the blister is closed, wash the area with soap and water. Apply a bandage to protect it. If the blister is open, wash the area, apply an antibiotic ointment, and then cover it with a sterile dressing or bandage.
A blister usually heals by itself. See your doctor if:
To help prevent blisters:
American Academy of Dermatology
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
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Last reviewed January 2013 by Peter Lucas, MD
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